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in tahrir square huge crowds protesting in tahrir square, angry at president morsy and his muslim brotherhood, accusing them of hijacking their revolution in their country. and it was hard to miss the large number of women in that crowd today. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has more from cairo. >> reporter: tens of thousands came, down with morsy, they shouted. leave, leave. what a change for the new egyptian president. just last week, he won praise from mediating an end to the gaza crisis. but then, riding high, morsy shocked the country, declaring his decisions above the law. leaving parliament and the courts virtually powerless. now his loyalists have pushed through a new constitution in a single day. judges call it illegal. but they have been silenced. it triggered a wave of protests. the anger is also directed to the united states, people say president obama has gone too far to embrace the muslim brotherhood and has been too quick to praise president morsy, only making him bolder to take this controversial power grab. the demonstrators say the new constitution
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of the united states. >>> tens of thousands of protesters crowd the streets of cairo after president morsi draft as new constitution overnight. we'll get a live report and what's next for ambassador susan rice after her week of meetings on capitol hill to try to end the back and forth over benghazi? we'll get the political postscript with mark murray. be sure to check out the news nation tumbler page. you'll find lots of behind the scenes -- there's one right there. it's news wasn't my daughter's black bean soup spectacular? [ man thinking ] oh, this gas. those antacids aren't working. oh no, not that, not here! [ male announcer ] antacids don't relieve gas. gas-x is designed to relieve gas. gas-x. the gas xperts. gas-x is designed to relieve gas. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors who get where i'm from. and tools to estimate what my care may cost. so i never missed a beat. we're more
with the latest on that showdown. >> reporter: this was president morsi's day. tens of thousands of his muslim brotherhood and other islamist supporters packed the streets outside cairo university looking more like a political rally than a protest. they needed to show up in big numbers to slow the opposition's momentum and did not disappoint. i think the numbers you see today show the true legitimacy is with president morsi, he said. they applauded morsi's controversial decree giving him near absolute power as well as a draft constitution, which human rights experts warn could seriously limit freedoms of speech, religion, and women's rights. they are against islam and don't want islamic law said this protester. we want islamic law. while clashes between pro and anti--morsi protesters in alexandria left at least a dozen wounded, here in cairo one of the largest islamist demonstrations ever was peaceful. meanwhile, in tahrir square several hundred tired morsi opponents tried to keep up their spirits. mohamed sayedi has lived in a tent for nine days and remains defiant. >> we would keep our right
president morsi rescind his decree once again clashing with police. there are calms for giant protests coming up for tomorrow as well as saturday. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel joins us live from cairo with more on this. president morsi, richard, is expected to address the nation at the top of the hour. do we have any information about what he's going to say basically trying to calm the crowds that are expected to protest? >> reporter: yeah. i think what he's going to say, however, is not going to calm these crowds. it is only going to make them more angry. he's probably going to set a date for a referendum on the constitution. as you said, a week ago today, president morsi gave himself extraordinary powers. he made himself more powerful than any previous egyptian presidents. more powerful than the kings of egypt, in fact. he said that his word was law. that in decree that he issued could not be overturned by the supreme court, by any court in this land. his word was god's word. and people here became very upset. they couldn't exactly figure out what he was trying
of thousands of protesters in tahrir square right now standing in opposition to president mohamed morsi and the constitution that was approved earlier today. nbc's richard engel is going to join us live in a moment. >>> possible big news coming from the supreme court today on marriage equality in america. the nine justices are meeting right now. >>> and today's big question. fiscal cliff hardball. should the president be on the road or back in washington hammering out a fiscal cliff compromise? tweet me @thomasaroberts or on facebook. i love the holidays. and with my bankamericard cash rewards credit card, i love 'em even more. i earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. that's 1% back on... [ toy robot sounds ] 2% on pumpkin pie. and apple. 3% back on 4 trips to the airport. it's as easy as... -[ man ] 1... -[ woman ] 2... [ woman ] 3. [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips
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be a live speech of president morsi by he put it on video and they will play it to the people shortly. when they see it, we will see it. it is very important. the reaction on the streets of cairo less than two years after people kicked their president out. and a health care for former president george h.w. bush, he has been in the hospital for a week now. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. >>shepard: 17 minutes past the hour. egyptian president morsi has recorded a statement on the uprising in the crucial area of the middle east and egyptian lawmakers are returning to complete a brand new constitution that could end president morsi's power grab. last week he essentially maim himself a dictator. he issued several decrees including an order that all decisions he makes are final and he is essentially above the law and frankly the people and the judges went nuts. a new constitution would revoke the decrees but protest
are chaptering "down with morsi; down with the constitution." near the presidential palace, protesters broke through the police line, now pulled back, and riot police using tear gas against the crowd. they are protesting the declaration giving him nearly unrestricted powers. there's concerns about the stablization of egypt, which is not stable. dennis: we'll watch that throughout the show. the tax the rich fix continuing as he meets with democrats and republican governors. cheryl: rich edson is live from the white house with up to the minute details with this just concluded meeting, rich? >> right. a handful of republican and democratic governors submerging from the west wing after the meeting with president obama with the message to fix the fiscal cliff. the democrats and republicans refuse to either endorse or dismiss either of the plans out there. the one floated by the white house and the one that house republicans floated yesterday. that, of course, the latest plan in washington, $800 billion in tax revenue increases, a trillion cuts in spending, including entitlements. it's a plan that
is packed with tens of thousands of egyptians protesting against their president morsi and his assembly after they approved a draft of the new constitution. they did it but any christians, no liberals, no moderate muslims, because they left the body in protest. they claim that the assembly is bent on passing laws that restricts speech and women's rights and the draft come as week after president morsi gave himself unchecked control over the country. he made himself a dictator. he claims it is "temporary" in order to promote stability. steve harrigan is live in cairo. what is the draft constitution? >>reporter: well, opposition figures including the nobel peace prize laureate is calling the constitution a coup against democracy. they are sharply criticizing it as a rush drive, 16 hours of voting on a constitution, pushing it through only after all moderates, liberals and christians have left the room in protest. right now it stands to go to referendum in 15 days but the anger against it and the concerns about the protection of women under the new constitution, the role of islam under the
hom he had morsi was given the new constitution today. it has to be approved by the people in a vote two weeks from now. not everyone is happy about the new constitution. angry crowds are protesting against president morsi and the new constitution the square. >> reporter: there doesn't seem to be an end to the demonstrations here in cairo. another mass protest here in the square. some of the president's fiercest critics here are women, women activists. they don't like the way this constitution was drafted. they don't believe they were represented and the panel that drafted the constitution, and here's what else they're saying, we don't trust the president and the muslim brotherhood. >> look at all the countries. now they want to screw egypt. >> when you say they, who is they? >> the muslim brothers. all these groups. the muslim brothers are -- here they're not egyptians. they are an international organization. >> reporter: so you don't trust them at all? >> no. >> reporter: you don't trust the muslim brothers? >> no. all these people. we don't trust them. they use the relation to pus
through approval of a new constitution in a bid to and anger over morsy's newly extended power. those are your news headlines on the fox business network. back to connell. connell: that has been some story. we will talk more about that right now with retired lieutenant colonel ralph peters. they are moving. rather quickly to throw together a constitution. i guess that is scary in some ways. >> first of all, i am going to say some words that you have never heard on your show. i was wrong about something. i felt the muslim brotherhood was going to take this in a slow way to build it in. instead, morsy and the brotherhood have decided to go whole hog and just go through it right now. this is utterly shameless. while this constitution that now must go to a referendum of the people, the muslim brotherhood is pretty sure they can organize a vote for that. there our various provisions that ensure that they will default. one says that any related -- any question can touch on that. there is a family law that can be basically used to impress women. freedom of speech is guaranteed, but you canno
by christmas. >>> turning overseas to egypt, where opponents of president mohamed morsi are calling for a second revolution. morsi is addressing his people today. a speech in which he's expected to discuss his move last week to seize near absolute power. thousands have been on the streets of cairo protesting that move since. morsi is showing no signs, though, of backing down. >>> and with the conflict in syria showing no signs of ending, the obama administration is reportedly considering deeper intervention there. this morning's "new york times" says no decisions have been made. but several options are being looked at, including providing arms to anti-government fighters. a decision on whether to deploy surface-to-air missiles in neighboring areas is likely next week. >>> and a major milestone is expected at the u.n. today, when the general assembly votes to give statehood to the palestinians. this comes despite strong opposition for u.s. officials over fears that such a move could harm peace negotiations with israel. palestinian leaders view the vote as a step towards global recogn
are crying foul. it is sparking another day of protests against president mohamed morsi. morsi's supporters plan to stage a massive demonstration tomorrow. holly williams is in cairo and has been watching this whole crisis unfold. >> reporter: a week after president mohamed morsi gave himself broad new powers that some egyptians say make him a dictator in all but name his islamist allies have rushed to finish a final draft of the country's constitution. it could now be put to a referendum before the end of the year. protests and violent clashes in cities across egypt, president morsi defended his power grab last night on egyptian state tv. he said his new authority is needed to guide egypt through its democratic transition and that he will give up his expanded powers once the country has a new constitution. a final draft of the constitution is now complete, written and voted on by a panel dominated by president's morsi's political allies, neither all of them islamists. the constitution gives islamic sharia law a more specific role in government and doesn't guarantee women's equality. it als
is amazing. egyptians protesting president morsi broke through barbed wire at the palace and threw chairs and rocks at police, who in turn tossed tear gas into the crowd. the health ministry says 50 ambulances have been sent throughout cairo where hospitals are on high alert. the protests come as egyptians count down to a public referendum on a new constitution. much more to come on that. >>> in south carolina, parents who camped out for days to get first choice where they kids go to school found themselves in a stampede. thousands raced to get in line. one parent was injured but not seriously. officials obviously are re-evaluating their plan. >>> in nashville, anger and shock after police declare a woman dead after a traffic accident. the 30-year-old mother of three was struck by a car while crossing the street. police told the victim's family that she had died. their calls to the hospital found her alive but in critical condition. >>> is president obama considering the vogue editor ambassador to the united kingdom or france? she's among a handful of top obama fund-raisers interested in
. this constitution would go to a referendum, be voted on and president morsi would give up his extraordinary powers. what we see is the reverse. it has inflamed the opposition. we could see one of the biggest protest demonstrations today we've seen so far, bill. bill: steve harrigan, thank you. we're waiting and watching for more developments out of cairo, egypt. we're coming after the moment where prayers end on a friday afternoon. so watch that story. martha: crowds in those streets. we'll keep an eye on it. we're just getting started on this friday morning, everybody. there is new information on the health of president george h.w. bush after he was admitted to the hospital. we have the latest how he is doing. we'll bring you that straight ahead. bill: the senate voting on a plan to prevent terror deteen east from gitmo being moved here to the u.s. and the results of what happens next with retired four-star general jack keane with his take on it. martha: and gridlock in washington. stuart varney just told us the white house's plan could send us into another recession. we'll talk to a democrat and
amid protests, of bid muhamed morsi's power grab. connell: can you hear me now syndrome, wireless carriers are ranked on their performance. we will have the worst and the best. dagen: stocks now lend every 15 minutes, nicole petallides at stock exchange with economic news this morning. is that what is giving the market a lift? nicole: we have a lot going on here. we have jobless claims for the second week, that is good news, you saw growth in economy and in the last few moments we moved higher and we are positive for the week. when you check it out and industrials we are up 44 points and most of those names on the dow are in the green, names like hewlett-packard and caterpillar and bank of america and united healthcare doing well. the fiscal cliff headline after headline continues to be in the forefront and on everybody's mind that this is what we are seeing, a decent market and the u.s. dollar being weaker today has been a factor in the strength we are seeing as well. connell: treasury secretary tim geithner meeting with congressional leaders and doing so as we speak. dagen: pete
until further notice. >> this is all over president morsy's power grab. what about a potential constitution here? >> reporter: another important day today. the constitutional assembly in egypt at h hour is drafting egypt's all important new constitution. this is going to be the corner stone of egypt's democratic transition and one of the reasons why president morsy and the muslim brotherhood have been locking horns with opposition factions. this was a hundred member panel assigned to draft this constitution. there's been conflict. it is dominated by iz mists. liberal memberquit. some sued to disband the panel and start again. you will recall one of mr. morsy's ke crees said no one will disband this constitutional assembly. not even the judiciary. they believe it needs to be drafted to get it going. that's why opposition is upset. look for more conflict later today. >> thank you. >>> the other big news, in washington the white house tryinging to kick start fiscal cliff talks. just 33 days. congress breaks for the holidays in 15 days. >> treasury secretary tim geithner is going t
executive power and pliments presidential terms. this comes just after the president there mohammed morsi granted himself sweeping new powers basically made himself a dictator. that's what first triggered the protests and less than two years after the fall of egypt's aauthoritarian leader hosni mom bark many egyptians fear their new leader and islamist allies are putting the country back on the path toward dictatorship. steve harrigan live in cairo. steve, any sign the president is willing to concede on any of this? shepard, president morsey has made no moves on compromise. one thing we have seen from supporters in the muslim brotherhood the care shown in trying to avoid any conflict or violence in the square here. that's certainly going to be put to the test tomorrow. that's when across the nation morsey supporters, people who back this president from the muslim brotherhood will hold demonstrations in support of the president and they will avoid this area around tahrir square to try to avoid getting in fights with the anti-morsey protesters. shepard. >> shepard: steve, what happens now w
mohamed morsi. we're live in cairo with richard engel. richard, good morning. >> good morning, jenna. this country is divided. the mood is tense. competing demonstrations here in cairo today. here in tahrir square, they are against president mohamed morsi, saying that he has become a dictator and is trying to rush through a constitution that allows for too much islamic law. but in a sense of the way the winds are blowing here, the crowds here are small and somewhat subdued. compare that to across the nile river, in front of cairo university, where tens of thousands of morsi supporters are gathered. they want more islamic law. they want morsi to be a strong president. so egypt can get out of its political deadlock. neither side is backing down. and egypt appears to be at a cross roads. >> richard engel. richard, thank you very much. >>> north korea says it will launch a long range rocket this month. the defiant move set for december 10th through 22nd is likely to heighten already strained tensions with washington and with seoul and it comes just eight months after a failed april attem
palace. it's a risky move that could cause conflict of supporters of mohammed morsi. the riot police seem to have the protestors bottled up in the square. the goal to march on the presidential palace failed today for the opposition. jenna: the question is whether we are headed toward potentially more violence in the streets. we'll keep an eye on what is happening in the streets today. jon: high levels of a deadly gas forced the evacuation of an elementary school forcing dozen of students to the hospital. an update on that story moments away jon: potentially deadly levels of carbon monoxide at an atlantiat atlanta elementary school. >> reporter: there is no law in the state of georgia that requires schools or buildings to install carbon monoxide detectors. this is an invisible gas that can be very, very dangerous when it's found in high levels, and so this happened at a school outside of atlanta, they were fixing a faulty boiler, the boiler went bad causing the carbon monoxide fumes to seep into the school. over 40 kids and seven adults were all sickened because of this. taken to a hospita
up with protesters, more than 100,000 at times today, chanting against their president, mohamed morsi, claiming he jammed through a draft of a new constitution, which strengthens the muslim brotherhood against christians and liberals. critics say it would curb the rights of women and freedom of speech. >>> and back here at home, a terrifying scene in a small town. a train derailment that sent hazardous chemicals, a gas called vinyl chloride, spewing into the air. more than 70 people sought medical treatment for burning eyes, labored breathing. and abc's linsey davis is on the scene. >> reporter: thousands of gallons of the hazardous chemical vinyl chloride spewed into the air from the ruptured car. residents were told to stay in their homes. three schools within a mile ordered to keep students indoors. >> we are saying to all that are watching this, that live within the borough of paulsboro, it is a time for caution. >> reporter: 71 people were admitted to a local hospital. vinyl chloride is a colorless gas. inhaling it can cause dizziness, headaches and drowsiness. breathing very hig
, president mohammed morsi left the palace. ever since the revolution that captivated the world, egypt has struggled on the road to democracy. two weeks ago president morsi gave himself unchecked powers he says to put egypt on a democratic path. there was outrage on tahrir square. we were there. no one here believes morsi when he says the powers are just temporary. they say they traded one tyrant for another. then a surprise. morsi's allies rushed through a new constitution. critics say it could make egypt more islamic and doesn't do enough to guarantee freedom, including women. egyptians will have a chance to vote on the new constitution in two weeks. protesters could boycott. but for now it looks like it will go ahead and the president may very well get his way. alex marquardt, abc news, jerusalem. >>> and back here at home looking frail and in a wheelchair, former senator bob dole made a surprise appearance on capitol hill. dole was just released from the hospital a week ago, and he visited the senate to push for passage of a u.n. treaty, guaranteeing rights for the disabled, but even h
by the white house for a potential security post. >>> overseas, egyptian president mohamed morsi is expected to call for unity while addressing his nation today. tension still very high after he issued an edict that will give him sweeping power above the reach of judicial review until a new constitution is adopted. they're rushing to finish a new draft of the constitution that could see a vote as early as today. but with protesters continuing to clash with riot police, a rushed constitution by the islamist dominated assembly may make matters worse. >>> well now to business. according to the latest report from the federal reserve, the u.s. economy grew at a "measured pa pace" over the past two months with rises in hiring and consumer spending. let's go live to london. steve, what's the latest? >>> yeah, there is a lot of interesting stories in the mix at the moment. the big story is still and will remain the fiscal cliff. every time a policymaker on capitol hill or in the white house makes a speech about this or a station to the media, the markets move very aggressively. yes, there is a case
morsi, the new president step down. steve harrigan streams live in cairo, it is nightfall now. what do we know about the u.s. embassy, steve? >> the u.s. embassy building is really just down the block from where i'm standing here and egypt security forces have put up a 12-foot high call of cinder block to keep that alleyway safe where the embassy is. the public services section which visitors use is closed today. that part of it is closed off. the embassy itself has not been targeted but it is part of a rough taeub rough neighborhood around tahrir square where protestors are throwing rocks and police are firing teargas. two buildings were set on fire, those blazes are now out. warnings issued to all americans to avoid the downtown area over the next few days due to the unrest, bill. bill: when will the new egyptian president morsi speak, do we know that, steve? >> reporter: we expect to hear from him on national television later tonight in a taped address. he's likely to introduce a new constitution, and that constitution could either make things better on the streets or it could infla
. norah and charlie? morsiter evans, thank you. mohamed morsi will speak to the people of egypt today, grantedng why he granted elf almost ast absolute power as the egyptian assembly works on new constitution. holly williams is in cairo this morning where demonstrators have blocked access to the united block embase. >> reporter: this is now a battle of wills between mohamed orsi, egypt's first democratically elected president and his opponents. tahrir square in central cairo, pres rotesters have accused the president of behaving like a areator are camped out. onstrationlanning a demonstration there on saturday. there are fears that could spark spark mlent clashes after an lready tumultuous week. address tmorsi will address the later later on today. so far he is showing no signs of backing do backing down from the expanded new powers he gave himself last week. week. he says he needs those powers to guide guide egypt to a new constitution. the constitution is being drafted by an assembly dominated by president morsi's islamist allies. two more liberal members quit because they said thei
boehner. -- john boehner. >> in egypt thousands of os was muhammad morsi have gathered the the muslim brotherhood who helped tod rally to grant mursey sweeping powers . joining us now with the fall out following the un vote gill hoffman. thank you for joining us today. what impact do you think that the un vote will have to get a palestine state established? >> no impact whatsoever. they were granted nonmember status as observers in the united nations that. changes nothing on the grounds for the palestinian people . israel buss -- ambassador to the un said it goes through negotiations in jerusalem and ramallah and not new york. >> what is the reaction for the people of israel and whether it would lead to meaningful negotiations? >> i think they are disappointed that the palestinians instead of coming to the table turned to the community and united nations where they have an obvious majority. it doesn't mean anything . no operative power. palestinians, have done everything but sit down with israel since august 30th, 2008. they haven't responded to the offer. people of israel want peace
early this morning. the documents will be presented tomorrow to president mohammed morsi for his signature. reza sayah is overlooking tahrir square. we understand they are planning what they are calling a million man demonstration that has been called. give us a sense why are people still protest and what do we expect in the next 24 hours, the days to come? >> reporter: well, they're protesting because they're angry with president morsi, his dekoreas and how the drafting of this constitution has unfolded, and there doesn't soop seem to be an end to the protest. they're back here in big numbers. tens of thousands of them here in tahrir square. we're going to show you what it looks like at this hour. i think one of the outcomes of the 2011 egyptian revolution was that egyptians became very good in protesting, so it doesn't matter what people are fighting for here. it seems they like to come out and free-throws the opposition factions that are back here in tahrir. these are the liberals, the seculars. we were just down there. we saw a lot of women, women's rights activists who don't
assembly passed 234 articles. the draft will be presented to morsi and approved by the egyptian people. the language is open to interpretation and may allow conservative islamists to impose a version of law. human rights groups say it's full of holes. the proposed constitution has an anger against the expanded presidential powers. >>> the supreme court will decide whether to tackle same-sex marriage. they will consider requests to review cases. a violation of the constitutions equal protection revisions. they only recognize marriages between a man and woman. it's also considering a challenge to prop 8, that's california's ban on same-sex marriage which voters approved in 2008. >>> listen up. we now know the identity of one of the two power ball jackpot winners. mark hill is the owner of $294 million. he bought his ticket in missouri. he confirmed on facebook saying quote, we are truly blessed, we are lucky winners of the power ball. his son talked about the moment his dad broke the good news. >> i keep thinking i'm going to wake up and think man, i had the craziest dream. he got a phon
morsy. he has faced bitter criticism. >>> the state of texas has filed papers to seize a large ranch owned by the flds, a fundamentalist radical mormon sex that believes in polygamy. its leader, warren jeffs, is serving a life sentence. >>> you never know what you might see on the streets of new york city this is a first. casper the pony and razzie the zebra roaming free on staten island. they got free from the home where they lived. they were returned home safe and sound. >> can you imagine mommy, mommy, look. >> they are getting along just fine. >> moment of kindness captured with a camera. coming up, a young police officer's deed goes viral for all the right reasons.od ays. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move from ambition to achievement. and the next great idea could be yours. ♪ part of a whole new line of tablets from dell. it's changing the conversation. ♪ to provide a better benefits package...
as an abundance of caution. we'll keep you posted. >>> today egyptian president morsi will explain why he had assumed near absolute powers. this move sparked days of nationwide riots. and a government study is saying that the prison at guantanamo bay could close and u.s. prisons could safely hold the inmates. 166 people are being held accused of plotting terror attacks against the u.s. now, supporters say the move will save millions of dollars. >>> troubled actress lindsay lohan spent the morning under arrest at a new york city police station. the nypd cuffed the 26-year-old after allegedly punching another woman at a new york city night club. no word yet on what prompted the alleged fight. >>> a sign of the season here at nbc. did you catch it? the rockefeller center christmas tree all lit up after last night's 80th annual celebration. the true from new jersey. >>> and a tourist in new york city snapped this sign of the holiday spirit in full gear and now through social media, it's gone viral. an officer giving a pair of new socks and boots for a barefoot homeless person. the officer saying
of supporters of egyptian president mohamed morsi are holding rallies today in approval of a draft constitution that passed yesterday. opponents of that measure have held protests and remain in tahrir square. >>> south korea calls north korea's announced plans to fire a long-range test rocket a grave provocation. north korea says it will fire the rocket between december 10th and 22nd. recent satellite photos appear to show launch preparations. >>> mexico has a new president, enrique pena nieto assumed that office in a small ceremony after midnight and will be sworn in later today. >>> in southern new jersey, a large area surrounding the scene of a derailed freight train has been evacuated. four tankers tumbled and released dangerous chemicals that made dozens of people sick. residents might have to stay away for several days. >>> and people are flocking to north carolina, the city known as christmas town usa where the holiday lights went on last night and will draw thousands of visitors through the season. those are your fast five headlines. >>> let's go back to washington now, and the imposing
mohammed morsi to give back some of the sweeping powers that he seized earlier in the week. want to go live to cairo. reza sayah is overlooking tahrir square. is it calm where you are, and are people assuming that things are going to get better? there are a lot of critics who vague the broum brotherhood is really now trying to hijack the process, hijack the constitution and get the president to remain in power, as much power as he can hold on to. >> yeah. many of those critics, suzanne, are behind us. still demonstrating here in tahrir square. in the meantime, major developments unfolding. as we speak right now, egypt's constitutional assembly is voting to approve a draft of egypt's all-important new constitution. this is going to be the backbone, the centerpiece of egypt's democratic transition. all of egypt's laws are going to be based on this document. everything from the balance of power between the president and the parliament, the power of the army, the independence of the judiciary, the personal freedoms. once this draft is approved and all indications are it is going to be approved.
to the streets. the documented in bid a anger over morsy's newly founded powers. it looks like former imf chief dominique strauss kahn will be settling with the van had made that accused him of sexual assault last year. those are your news headlines. it is back to melissa and lori. melissa: thank you so much. will we avoid driving off the fiscal cliff if we just paid a little more for the gas to get there? we are looking for revenue under every rock here. raising the gas tax is the latest. tom kloza joined those on the phone now. >> i think it is probably something that is sensible to look at. melissa: what works? this is incredibly regressive. i cannot imagine democrats embracing this. this will hit lower income americans the hardest. >> in the rural south and the rural midwest. it has not been increased since 1993. it is a fraction of what you see. here is a thought. if you really believe and i do believe that we are probably going to be much more dependent on foreign oral and have two purdue as oil going forward, there may be a way to index it towards those u.s. numbers. melissa: is the econ
as mohamed morsi addresses the nation today calling for unity. nationwide protests have turned violent and even deadly as demonstrators blast morsi's decree last week that gave him virtually absolute power. >>> the united nations is set to recognize palestine as a state today with overwhelming support from the general assembly. the palestinians will ask for recognition as a non-member state. a similar designation is held by the vatican. but israel and the u.s. are opposed to the bid, saying it violates peace accords. >>> yet another arrest this morning for lindsay lohan. the troubled starlet was charged with assault around 4:00 a.m. in manhattan. she allegedly punched another woman in the face at a new york city nightclub. the other woman was not arrested and was not taken to the hospital. >>> and now let's head to wall street. cnbc's mary thompson is at the new york stock exchange. good morning to you, mary. >>> good morning, there's growing optimism that a budget deal will be reached to keep the u.s. from falling off the fiscal cliff. today, investors get another read on the holiday
morsi is approved. he's expected to sign the document saturday but not the end of the conflict. the egyptian constitution needs to be approved by citizens many of whom are still angry at the moressy government. >>> nasa said it has found large deposits of ice on mercury. some areas of mercury can reach 800 degrees fahrenheit, some areas are completely shielded from the sun allowing the ice to form. nasa plans to send its messenger spacecraft to that area for a closer look in the coming months. >>> groundbreaking therapy is under way to help patients who suffer from posttramatic stress disorder. what's revolutionary about the work is the use of an illegal drug commonly referred to as ecstasy, our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta has had exclusive access to the patients and their sessions. here's his report -- >> some part of you is on guard. it just wouldn't stop. i couldn't shut it down. >> reporter: for rachel hope, the mental agony began in childhood when she says she was abused and raped at age 4. as a grown-up, the smallest trigger, like a familiar smell even, w
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